Greg Aziz currently works at National Steel Car, a premier railroad freight car engineering, and manufacturing company as the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. The company’s headquarters is located in Hamilton, Ontario. Greg Aziz was born and grew up in London, Ontario. He went to Ridley College and subsequently the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a degree in Economics.
Greg Aziz started working at Affiliated Foods, a family food franchise in 1971. During his helm, the food business grew to become a global importer of fresh foods from South America and Europe. It quickly became the premier distributor of fresh food in Eastern Canada and across the United States. Having worked for several investment banks in New York in the early 1990s, Gregory J Aziz bought National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994. His mission was to transform this once great Canadian engineering firm into North America’s premier manufacturer of railroad freight car. Through its substantial human and capital investment, and its great team-building and engineering capabilities, National Steel Car increased its manufacturing capacity from 3,500 to 12,000 vehicles per year. Similarly, workforce grew from approximately 600 to 3,000 employees.
National Steel Car’s relentless pursuit of excellence in manufacturing and engineering has earned it a top spot in the railroad car industry. It has also been able to increase its production units significantly. National Steel Car is the only ISO 900I:2008 certified railroad freight car manufacturer in North America. Through recertification, National Steel Car has held this honor for the past 18 years. Since 1996, National Steel Car has won the TTX SECO award regularly for its excellence in the railroad freight car industry.
National Steel Car is concerned about transforming the Hamilton community. It sponsors several charities including the Salvation Army, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way, and the Hamilton Opera. Thousands of present and former workers of National Steel Car attends its annual Christmas Party and participates in its food drive for local food banks. Gregory J Aziz also sponsors Canada’s most prominent agricultural fair, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. National Steel Car feels pleased that the government has decided to harmonize regulations for the next generation of safe and robust railroad freight cars. The move will help reduce incidents of accidents witnessed in the United States and Canada and make the rail sector continue to be viable to the success of the local economy.